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Mentoring matters

Dear Editor:January is National Mentoring Month and today, Jan. 25, is National Thank Your Mentor Day. I would like to take a moment to thank some of the people in my life that have made me who I am today.To Bebe Schweppe: You are amazing. Thank you for teaching me to dance, making beautiful costumes, dealing with the tears, the smart-mouths and the many details of running a dance school. Thank you for bringing world-class dance and amazing teachers to me. Dance is my sanctuary, and you gave me that gift.To the men who made me a dancer, Jean-Phillippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker: Thank you for taking a chance on this small town. Having you as teachers gave me the ability to push myself beyond my limitations.To my Girl Scout troop leader, Ann Owsley: Thanks for the adventures, and thank you now for being a great source for nostalgia and laughs.To Bobbie Burkley and Killeen Brettmann: Thank you for taking me under your wing and allowing me to be a part of your adventure in advertising. I have learned so much from you both. I am continually blown away at how you manage to do it all.To “The Dogs”: Thank you for showing me the art of “ski-bummery.”Finally, to my parents and friends, Ruth and Dan Harris: I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am for the life I have lived. You have taught me so much. Most of all, you have taught me that life is my own adventure. Thank you for being incredible.There are far too many more to name, teachers in the Aspen School District, parents of friends, aunts and uncles? Growing up in Aspen, I have received so much from so many people in the community. For this reason, I have taken the opportunity to give back as a mentor. I am a Big Buddy to an amazing fifth-grader. Thank you, Buddy Program, for giving me a way to give back.Amy HarrisAspen

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